The myth of the prepper / survivalist.

The media have created the myth of the prepper/survivalist.
They are portrayed as strange hoarding folk that wish for the end of the world as we know it so they can smugly produce cans of beans whilst others starve.

I’m going to try to burst that bubble.

We have a spare tire in the car. We don’t want to get a puncture but we carry the spare.
We have insurance for the house, we don’t want to be burgled but we have insurance.

Prepping is the spare tire, the insurance policy.
It is a buffer for when times get bad, job loss, sickness or bad weather. It is also a buffer should there be a bigger disaster.
We live on an island that doesn’t produce all its own food. A disruption to the supply chain would mean severe restrictions on what food is available.
Rationing was imposed during WW2 and beyond because of this.

We keep a little extra in, a few more cans and packets of food.
A pantry like grandma used to have, bits an pieces that can be used to make “meals from nothing”.

If severe weather hits the UK the distribution networks would struggle to maintain power to homes, so we have a few battery lights and some candles.

We have first aid kits, a decent one in the house and a basic one in the car.

We are putting together “bug out bags”, this is just a buzzword for “a bag with everything you might need if you have to leave home for a short period of time”
You can see why the term was coined, it’s a bit of a mouthful.
The bug out bag is another insurance policy, it has some food, water, shelter and change of clothes. It can be used for a hospital stay, an emergency evacuation (i.e. flooding), or for an overnight bag for an impromptu camping trip.

Prepared folk aren’t nutjobs, they are taking sensible precautions against possible problems.

Carl Alpha-Greywolf


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3 comments to “The myth of the prepper / survivalist.”

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  1. David Pattinson - March 28, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    This is the best way i have ever seen this put whst an amazing post

  2. IcePax (SN0107) - March 29, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Great post, i’ve never thought of having a dedicated BOB or GHB for that matter …. i think i’ll have to reconsider that.
    i have my EDC bag which has most things i need on a daily basis but i should probably put together a GHB for my car ….
    The funny thing is (and i know this sounds slightly contradictory), i have a bag at home with sleeping stuff in it in case of a short notice request to cover an event where i may need to camp. It only has a rollmat and sleeping bag in it but the idea was i’d know where everything was…. i should probably just extend this into a BOB.

  3. Tricky Wolf - April 18, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    great post mate!

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